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The Tech Museum of Innovation: Calendar of Events <br> May, June and July 2004

Press Release Date 
Thursday, 29 April, 2004

HOURS: The Tech is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PRICING: $9, $8 seniors, $7 children (Museum OR IMAX); $16, $15 seniors, $13 children (COMBO Galleries and IMAX)
CONTACT: For general information, 408-294-TECH (8324),
LOCATION: The Tech is located in downtown San Jose at the corner of Park Ave and Market St near I-280 and Hwy 87. Easily accessible via Light Rail, Bus, Car, Caltrain

************************************************************************ NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITS

Silicon Workshop – Opens May 28, 2004
Be inspired by Silicon Valley's innovations. Enter your own workshop and design products using microchips, and by programming smart devices. Make an automatic fish feeder, program a toy, and engineer your own car! Explore the world of microchips and discover the innovator in you.

Genetics: Technology With A Twist – Now Open
Explore the forefront of emerging genetic technologies by taking on the roles of genetic counselor, scientist and even a policymaker. Understand the new opportunities genetic research has provided, and face personal and social choices that arise from the intimate knowledge of what we are made of. With new Tech Tags, visitors can even grow bacteria in our wet lab, post findings to their very own website, and track their experiment's progress online days later.


"Nikkon International Small World" Exhibit at The Tech – June 14, 2004 to July 23, 2004 Get a glimpse into a world that most have never seen, except through the lens of a microscope, when viewing the award-winning photomicrographs in the "Nikkon International Small World" exhibition. This free exhibition will be located in The Tech's New Venture Hall.

Engineer It!, now through September 6, 2004
How do you design a tall building to withstand an earthquake, construct a boat that always floats, make an airplane's wing stable, or build an arch bridge with no visible means of support|@ In Engineer It!, visitors of all ages will solve these, and more, real-world problems in interactive, hands-on environments like water tanks, earthquake simulators and even wind tunnels. Engineering principles are presented as an open-ended discovery process; think it, build it, test it...


Gizmo WYSIWYG Auction Gala at Yahoo!, May 7, 2004
Abracadabra…It works! A magical night of invention. Gizmo WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), the zaniest live auction showcase and loudest silent auction you'll ever attend, lands at Yahoo! for its 7th rambunctious year. Expect wacky entertainment, fabulous food, feisty bidding on awesome prizes, and the infamous Golden Gizmo Award. Tickets start at $150, and sponsorship starts at $2,500 – all in support of The Tech's public education programs and partnerships.

Space Day Returns to The Tech on May 8, 2004 Space Day returns with some old favorites, and new topics of exploration! Learn how Sputnik and the Arms Race to the Moon impact our spirit of innovation. Also, discover how Nanotechnology will affect NASA Missions to our Solar System. Want to go to Mars|@ What has been learned from the latest rover missions and what might be the next steps|@ Visit and find out! Try your hand at the Martian Drop & Roll Design Challenge or the Future of Flight Multimedia Presentation from NASA Ames Research Center.

"The Fusion of Art and Technology" arrives in June 2004
Join us for a "Tech Chat" this June on the amazing ways that Bay Area artists are utilizing technology in the expression and creation of art. Presented in partnership with UCSC Extension's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Zero One.

Summer Camps at The Tech from June 21 – August 13, 2004
Learn about the Science of Sports or be a Crime Solver Scientist this summer at The Tech. Summer fun at The Tech is provided through a unique partnership with Galileo Educational Services. The Tech Museum Summer Camps allows kids to experience The Tech in a whole new way. Bringing together high-quality lab facilities, engaging curriculum, and personalized instruction, summer camps at The Tech create a fun and inspiring way for kids to deepen their interest in science and technology.

Third Annual Maxgames Video Game Tournament, July 23, 2004
Maxgames, the ultimate gaming experience, is a playoff tournament fundraiser on console games with a choice of multiple platforms and genres; featuring Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 and SOCOM: US Navy Seals II showdowns on the visually vast and sonically spectacular Giant Dome theater screen. Proceeds from the Maxgames go towards The Tech|!s Fund for Education.

Ongoing: Segway Human Transporter
You've seen it in the news, now try it out yourself! Take a ride on the Segway Human Transporter, daily from 2-3 p.m. *Riders must be over 16 years old and weigh between 100 and 250 pounds*

Second Sundays are Free, Thanks to SBC
SBC and The Tech are offering free unlimited gallery admission to the community the second Sunday of every month throughout 2004! This is a great opportunity to explore the technologies impacting your life. Experience new exhibits like Genetics: Technology with a Twist, Engineer It!, and so much more! With interactive, hands-on exhibits and floor programming, there's something at The Tech to inspire the innovator in everyone.

Free SBC Days
  • May 9, 2004
  • June 13, 2004
  • July 11, 2004
  • August 8, 2004
  • September 12, 2004
  • October 10, 2004
  • November 14, 2004
  • December 12, 2004

Bugs! Now Playing
Visit the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, where predator meets prey. Witness the birth of hundreds of praying mantises and see a caterpillar emerging from a tiny egg to mature into a beautiful butterfly. Experience a world where life is measured in mere hours. Don't miss this visually stunning IMAX film, narrated by distinguished actress Judi Dench.

Now Playing
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience is now racing in the Hackworth IMAX dome. Put yourself in the driver|!s seat and experience speeds of more than 200 mph through the magic of the IMAX Dome – an immersive experience you won|!t soon forget! Uncover the science, technology and teamwork that make up North America's most popular spectator sport. Featuring the most competitive and skilled race teams in the world, NASCAR: The IMAX Experience captures a sport that truly represents the fabric of America.

Also showing:Top Speed, Lewis & Clark Great Journey West, Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance, Coral Reef Adventure

MISSION STATEMENT: THE TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION The Tech Museum of Innovation is a non-profit educational institution that engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, at 201 S. Market Street. For more information, visit our website at or call (408) 294-TECH. ###